The South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition 2015
The 7th annual South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition took place in May at the Exhibition Space, Jessop West. On display was artwork produced by people affected by dementia in South Yorkshire, and further afield. People with dementia, family supporters and dementia care practitioners – as well as local children and acclaimed artists - shared their talents to create a unique range of art responding to this year's theme of Hopes and Fears. From paintings to poetry, from videos to sculpture, the exhibition showcased the talents of many.
As in previous years Hopes and Fears offered a range of stimulating activities for visitors as a result of partnerships forged with others in the dementia community. For example, Lost Chord performed live music to people with dementia when professional musicians Luke Carver Goss and Oliver Wilson Dixon visited. Grace Stead from Enrichment for the Elderly ran a puppet-making workshop and the multi-talented Francesca from Katy Robinson Fitness Fusion led a dance workshop.
A new departure this year, allied to the exhibition, was the organisation of Dementia Futures, a conference by 9 University of Sheffield PhD students. The conference was attended by 65 people including members of the public, professionals and people affected directly by dementia. The feedback suggests that the event was of great value to students and delegates alike, encouraging the former to translate their research for a lay audience, and providing the latter with a clearer idea of the exciting dementia research being undertaken by our young researchers. Interviews were conducted with both BBC Radio Sheffield and SheffieldLive! to publicise this innovative event.
The most important aspect of the creative art event, however, was offering people affected by dementia in the local community an opportunity to come and see their work in a public exhibition. Thank you to all the artists who contributed, from Doncaster to Detroit. I am greatly indebted to my assistant coordinator Natasha Wilson and to Albert Attom (both BMedSci Health and Human Sciences finalists) for their voluntary work. Also, I am very grateful to Kay Allinson at Age UK Sheffield for once again helping to place two brilliant University of Sheffield Social Work students, Janniene Akhtar and Francesca Mitchell, at the exhibition to ensure everyone who visited enjoyed a friendly and safe experience. Thanks too to Kelvin. Finally, many thanks to Dr Tracey Moore for the departmental support given once again to this event.
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